T'hy'la (Star Trek: TOS anthology)/Issues 11-20
- 1 Issue 11
- 2 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11
- 3 Issue 12
- 4 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12
- 5 Issue 13
- 6 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13
- 7 Issue 14
- 8 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14
- 9 Issue 15
- 10 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15
- 11 Issue 16
- 12 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16
- 13 Issue 17
- 14 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17
- 15 Issue 18
- 16 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18
- 17 Issue 19
- 18 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19
- 19 Issue 20
- 20 Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20
- 21 References
T'hy'la 11 was published in 1992 and has 157 pages.
Welcome to T'HY'LA # 11. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry included.
T'HY'LA # 12 is nearly full, but there is still room for short stories, vignettes and poetry. Deadline: March 30, 1992. # 13 and # 14 are also open for submission: Deadline June 1, 1992. # 13 will feature such controversial storylines as menage a trois, radically different alternate universes and stories which feature Kirk or Spock involved in other relationships. To those who don't wish to read these sorts of stories, all flyers and publicity will be clearly marked.
I am seeking more 'conventional' stories for 12, 14 and beyond. As for my guidelines, the only thing I look for is excellence of writing. I don't like to rule out any particular types of storylines, as there is always someone who can tackle an idea I'd previously considered ludicrous or impossible to handle - and does it superlatively. I'm always interested in established relationship stories. Artists, please send samples of your work. I can use pencil work, but of course pen and ink is always welcome!
- Dreaming in Code, poem by Ellen O'Neil (also in Nome) (1)
- Parted and Forever Parted, Part II by Sharon St. James (The conclusion of Sharon’s acclaimed story. Kirk’s only chance to regain his lost memory is with T’Pau of Vulcan - the woman who has forbidden his bonding to Spock. What price will she demand for her assistance?) (2)
- Childhood, poem by Danielle Stewart (52)
- A Brief Encounter by Amanda Warrington (On leave and incognito, the newly-promoted Captain James T. Kirk meets a fascinating young Vulcan - who is also traveling under an assumed name, for reasons of his own... From behind the chess set, Kirk was able to study the young Vulcan closely, noting his distinguished features and lean athletic body. As he continued to gaze, it dawned on him that he was looking at one of the few men he found physically attractive and wondered idly what it would be like to have sex with an ice-cool Vulcan, male or female.) (54)
- A Treasure, poem by Carol Lance (68)
- Rose, poem by Carol Lance (69)
- My Strength, poem by Carol Lance (69)
- P.R. by Ursula Tulle ("Mendez inhaled deeply and braced himself. “The Enterprise has been assigned to provide assistance for a series of Via-Galactic Holo productions.” Kirk recognized the famous entertainment company. “WHAT? You mean - mean VG Holo? Show business? US?” A sexy Deltan actress wreaks havoc on the tentative beginnings of a relationship between Kirk and Spock.) (70)
- Kirk/Spock, poem by DVS (87)
- Space Fall, poem by Robin Hood (87)
- The Uncharted, poem by Robin Hood (89)
- The Last Wave by Carolyn Spencer ("With one quick movement, the Vulcan was in the sleeping alcove. He snatched something from the wall and returned to drop to his knees in front of Kirk. Laying on the palms of his upturned hands was an ornate dagger... The blade was not overly long but looked to be wickedly sharp... “This is called a dashiek’atar. It literally means ‘freedom giver’ in the Old Tongue. It is a weapon from Vulcan’s Pre-Reform past. When a warrior became incapacitated in mind or body, his T’hy’la would honorably end his life with this. A cut here...,” he indicated the prominent vein in his neck, ‘and his Katra would be freed.”) (90)
- I'll Stay, poem by Carol Lance (128)
- Told You So by Dana Austin Marsh ('So, you gonna tell me why you’ve been acting like a sun about to go nova?” The doctor leaned back in his chair, ready to be father, friend, confessor or ass-kicker, depending on the current need. “Spock and I can’t agree what to do on our upcoming leave.” Kirk admitted. “It’s only four days in orbit around Lamorin. Not like you have a helluva lot of choice,” the doctor reminded. Only by main force and a healthy dose of self preservative instinct did he refrain from laughing. The legendary Captain of the Enterprise had been turned into a yeoman-chewing tenor by a marital spat.") (129)
- The Explorer, poem by Ellen O'Neil (138)
- The Quality of Command by Ellen O'Neil (Will their new relationship affect Kirk’s ability to command? Or will his insistence on keeping Spock out of danger consign them both to ground assignments? "Kirk impatiently turned back to Spock. “Mr. Spock, get down to sickbay.” “But, Captain, I must point out the illogic in—” Kirk’s open palm hit the arm of the command chair and his tone moved past impatient and on to exasperated. “Spock, I gave you an order. You will obey it! Don’t argue with me.” Kirk turned back to face the helm. Spock stared at Kirk’s stiff profile perplexedly fin a moment. Then he turned and left the bridge.") (140)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11
See reactions and reviews for The Last Wave.
See reactions and reviews for Told You So.
See reactions and reviews for The Quality of Command.
See reactions and reviews for A Brief Encounter.
See reactions and reviews for Dreaming in Code.
See reactions and reviews for P.R..
See reactions and reviews for Parted and Forever Parted.
T'hy'la 12 was published in 1992 and contains 187 pages. Covers: Marilyn Cole. Art & illustrations: Sukona. From Media Monitor: "Kirk's refusal of the mindmeld leads to soul-deep changes; An alien being takes over everyone on the Enterprise - except for Spock, who must confront the 'wolf' in his lover as well as the lamb; Kirk finds a porn magazine in Spock's quarters which leads him to rethink everything about his reticent First Officer; a book of dreams leads Kirk and Spock into some strange and unusual fantasies."
- Pursuing Hyacinths by Jenna Sinclair, p. 2-58 (Kirkʼs problem with their melding creates problems in his relationship with Spock. )[Note states that related stories in Jenna Sinclair's universe include the novel Sharing the Sunlight and "Reflections on a Lunar Landscape" in Counterpoint #7.]
- Dream a Little Dream of Me by Elyce Rai Helford, p. 59-60 (With Spock temporarily away from the ship, Kirk tries to make his lonely nights easier to bear.)
- The Terran Teaser Meets the Double Whammy by Ellen O'Neil, p. 66-85 (Kirk discovers a homosexual magazine and a human dildo in Spockʼs cabin.)
- The Lover Within by Ellen O'Neil, p. 86-108 (An alien intelligence takes over the entire crew of the Enterprise except Spock, and Kirkʼs love for him is the only thing keeping the Vulcan alive.)
- A Sick (Bay) Story by Ellen O'Neil, p. 109-115 (Kirk and Spock play 'doctor.')
- Perspective by Alex Kane, p. 116-128 (Kirk tries to come to terms with his life after Spock flees to Gol, but the reason for the Vulcanʼs flight is never far from his mind.)
- Anniversary Gift by Kate Singer, p. 129-135 (Spock gives Jim a statue of an Aztec fertility god for an anniversary gift, causing unforseen effects in both of them.)
- Bargains by T'Other, p. 136-137 (Kirk loses out an advancement due to his relationship with Spock.)
- A Deltan Decameron by Frances Rowes, p. 140-187 (Spock learns to release his fantasies in order to aid in his relationship as Kirkʼs lover.)
- Time of Joy; Time by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 1
- The Stray; The Unsaid Word by Ellen O'Neil, p. 61
- Lead & Follow; Flying Kites by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 62-63
- Requiem by Ellen O'Neil, p. 138
- You Touch Me, p. 139
first page of A Deltan Decameron
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12
See reactions and reviews for A Deltan Decameron.
See reactions and reviews for Pursuing Hyacinths.
See reactions and reviews for Bargains.
See reactions and reviews for Dream a Little Dream of Me.
See reactions and reviews for The Lover Within.
See reactions and reviews for A Sick (Bay) Story.
See reactions and reviews for Perspective.
See reactions and reviews for Anniversary Gift.
See reactions and reviews for The Terran Teaser Meets the Double Whammy.
T'hy'la 13 was published in March 1994 (yes, out of order) and contains 97 pages. It has menage a trois stories as well as stories that pair Spock and McCoy, along with the usual K/S. Cover: Caren Parnes. Art & illustrations: Sherry Veltkamp, Cat (Cat's illo is a reprinted one from "T'hy'la" #11.).
From a submission request: "Now looking for the unusual and controversial for this special issue. menages, Spock/McCoy, Kirk/HcCoy, other "/" pairings in the Classic Trek universe."
T’hy’la 13 is a departure in the series, as the editor wanted to present Kirk and Spock with other partners included in their relationship. There was some trouble with a story that was submitted, that at the last moment was discovered to be plagiarized to the extent that it was unpublishable. (This is a problem that pops up now and then in every fandom, I think, and it’s really fortunate that Kathleen discovered this before the zine was printed.) As a consequence, the zine is shorter than all other T’hy’la zines, only ninety-seven pages, and it was published out of order. T’hy’la 12 was printed in 1992, T’hy’la 14 in 1993, and T’hy’la 13 in 1994. 
The zine's editorial:
Welcome to T'HY'LA # 13. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry included. Thy'la" #13 is dedicated to what might be called "non-traditional" K/S. There ore several menage a trols stories and poems, most of which feature McCoy as the third partner. There are two stories that can't be considered K/S at all: "Yesterday" by Jane Carnall Is a Spock/McCoy/Zarabeth story, and "Fire and Midnight" by Susan Douglass is a Saavik/Uhura story.
I've been nostalgic for the early days of adult Star Trek zines (Obsc'zine, Grope, Grup and the like) where, sooner or later, everyone wound up with everyone else. And, of course, there was always the obligatory orgy-on-the-Enterprise story where, literally, everyone wound up with everyone else. These zines were always fun and full of surprises - and I wanted to do something similar with this zine.
I am interested In continuing to print "non-traditional' K/S stories - or, more property "/" Star Trek stories, in my multimedia "/" zine "No Holds Barred". I'm particularly Interested In Kirk/Spock/McCoy; I have a particular fondness for the very rare genre of Kirk/Spock/Uhura. but I will consider any */" stories based on any Star Trek characters - and that includes THE NEXT GENERATION and DEEP SPACE NINE, as well. I publish "No Holds Barred" once or twice a year, and am always working on a new issue, so don't worry about deadlines - just send submissions.
I have plenty of great material for Thy'la". as well, and plan to publish #'s 15 by April of 1994, # 16 by July, 1994 and # 17 by February, 1995. As always, my submission guidelines for Thy'la" are simple: the only thing I look for is excellence of writing. I don't rule out any particular types of storylines. First times and A/U's are fine, and I'm always interested in established relationship stories. Artists, please send samples of your work. I can use pencil work, but of course pen and Ink Is always welcome!If I were to say in one sentence what I look for in a story, it's this: intense emotion, great plot, hot sex. Keep on writing! K/S is in a renaissance now, and I'm looking forward to many more years of good reading.
- Fire and Midnight by Susan Douglass (Saavik/Uhura - Northern Star universe) (19)
- Where Eagles Fly by Susan Douglass (Spock/McCoy in a parallel universe to the Northern Star universe) (23)
- Over the Edge by Airelle (Kirk/Spock/Gorn) (originally a 1989 standalone novel, Over the Edge) (35)
- On Top of Mount Seleya (filk to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky") by Doctor Feel-not-so-good (77)
- Picking up the Pieces, poem by Linda Frankel (78)
- Three Under the Mistletoe, poem by Linda Frankel (79)
- A Roll of the Dice, poem by Linda Frankel (80)
- Where a Healer Belongs, poem by Linda Frankel (82)
- Trinary by Mildred Manhill (K/S/Mc) *83)
- Prologue by Jane Carnall
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13
See reactions and reviews for Over the Edge.
See reactions and reviews for Trinary.
See reactions and reviews for Fire and Midnight.
See reactions and reviews for Where Eagles Fly.
See reactions and reviews for Yesterday.
T'hy'la 14 contains 157 pages. It was published in October 1993. It has art by Fiona Graves (covers), Cat, and Virginia Lee Smith.
- Journey by Lee Owens Sansome (1)
- The Flame of Chaos by Carolyn Spencer (When Spock returns from a visit home, he rejects his lover, Kirk, and itʼs only after he collapses is the truth of what has been done to him is revealed.) (2)
- Mirror or Loneliness and Forest of Stars by Robin Hood (41)
- R&R by Danielle Stewart (42)
- Desire by Mildred Manhill (During an Argellian “Halloween” Spock enters a carnival funhouse and encounters his desire for Kirk.) (44)
- After and Home by Patt (47)
- Hesitation by Lee Owens Sansome (49)
- Thou, Under the Willow by J S Cavalcante (During a storm on a planet theyʼre charting, Kirk and Spock take refuge in the hollowed out trunk of a tree.) (50)
- High Stakes by Karla Kelly (68)
- Nothing to Sneeze At by Dana Austin Marsh (While on a diplomatic mission, Kirkʼs allergy to the inhabitants is remedied by a drug that he has an even worse reaction to.) (69)
- Chastisement by Patt (80)
- Both Feet and Talk by Patt (81)
- In the Dark Unclear by Kathy Stanis (Kirk buries the memory of his pain during his time on Earth, alone while Spock was at Gol, until dredged up by Sybok.) (82)
- How Many Times by Heidi Bloebaum (94)
- Reunion by L. A. Lee (95)
- His Loss by Kate Singer (96)
- Reconciliation by C. Diane Mamaril (After the Klingon Peace Conference, Kirk in bed with his bondmate, happy that they are once more at peace with each other.) (98)
- Abed by Danielle Stewart (104)
- Moon Gold by Robin Hood (105)
- Koon Ut Kalifee by Karla Kelly (105)
- Son of Sarek by Jenna Sinclair (Spock is troubled by a childhood event that is brought forward by a ceremony they are to watch on the planet they are visiting. Prequel: Double Trouble. Sequel: Promises To Keep.) (106)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14
See reactions and reviews for Thou, Under the Willow.
See reactions and reviews for Son of Sarek.
See reactions and reviews for The Flame of Chaos.
See reactions and reviews for Desire.
See reactions and reviews for In the Dark Unclear.
See reactions and reviews for Reconciliation.
See reactions and reviews for Nothing to Sneeze At.
[the front and back covers]: These are lovely, accurate double portraits of Kirk and Spock with a circular design element in the background of each, which not only ties the figures together, but shows that the front and back covers are related, even though one is horizontal and the other is vertical. In each, one of the guys is giving the other a speculative glance. Fiona does an excellent job of relating the figure in the background to the one in the foreground -- not as easy a task as it may seem. Each figure is projecting a different attitude and mood, which adds to the special quality of these drawings. Fiona is a very talented artist, rendering her work in realistic detail. Her use of light and shadow in the faces and figures is expertly done. The folds in the clothing are given as much attention as the shadows on the faces or the highlights in the hair. One must be careful that this attention to detail does not work against the intent of the artist and weaken what she is trying to show. In particular, the wrinkles in Kirk's shirt and collar on the back almost compete for attention with his beautifully drawn face. I say "almost" because it is not as distracting in this illustration as it might be in less talented hands. Since we, as artists, are not cameras, we are not forced to show every detail as it appears in life or in the photos most of us use as reference material. We are free to make choices about what to emphasize and what to merely suggest. In all, these are wonderful covers and I look forward to seeing Fiona's future work. 
T'hy'la #15 was published in May 1994 and has 178 pages. The color cover is by Caren Parnes; additional artwork by Fiona Graves (portfolio) and DJW. In the table of contents, Dana Austin Marsh's name is misspelled as "Dana Austin March."This zine is notable for being the first media fanzine to print a CGA. From Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art:
From the editorial:Kathy also printed the first CGA to be published in K/S fandom. She tells us, “I published several CGAs in T’hy’la 15 (May 1994) to accompany Amanda W’s story ‘The Kiss.’ The CGAs were created by her husband, DJW. I do not know the name of the photo manipulation program he used, but it was the first time I encountered this concept. I visited her during this time and her husband demonstrated the program to me. I was fascinated by what he was able to achieve, and even more so, by the implications of what similar programs would be able to accomplish in the future. I recognized right away that this was a new art form. I knew immediately I wanted to print work of this type as well as traditional hand artwork.
What do I enjoy the most in stories? Emotional Intensity. Good plots. Hot sex. First times, established relationships, Mirror Universe stories and A/U's are always welcome. Artists, please send samples of your work. I can use pencil work, but of course pen and ink is always welcome!
I've seen a lot of truly excellent writing in K/S in the past year or three, and there has definitely been an upturn in interest, New writers are taking on challenging themes and doing intense examinations of the characters of Kirk and Spock. K/S has been around for about 20 years now — I've read almost everything that's ever been done — and I'm continually surprised and pleased by the fresh insights writers bring to these very special characters. Keep the stories coming! (in more ways than one... Oh, bad pun!) I am also open to novel-length work, and plan to bring out at least one K/S novel, “The Mystic Bond” by Susan K. Dundas in 1994. So if you have a piece you've felt was too long to submit to me in the past, please send it on in.Contributions may be submitted on IBM compatible word processing programs, on 3K"or 5K" diskettes. Please send hard copy as well, and let me know which word processing program you’ve used.
- Twice I Have Lived Forever by Lee Sansome Owers (Kirk is in anguish over his and Spockʼs broken bond, a bond the Vulcan has not remembered since the fal tor pan.) (1)
- After Words by Dana Austin March (44)
- Making Peace With the Enemy Within by Anzia Lapavsky (Spock is just as “split” as Kirk when his bondmate is divided into two men by the transporter.) (45)
- The Tie That Binds by Dana Austin March (49)
- “The Kiss” by Amanda Warrington (Sent to retrieve a scientist the Federation fears has gone over to the Romulans, Kirk and Spock end up in a kiss while undercover and trying to keep the man under surveillance in a gay bar.) (50)
- “By the Book” by Dana Austin Marsh (Kirk buys a sex manual and suggests to Spock they try out all the positions.) (85)
- Green Darkness by Ida Vega (88)
- Contemplation by L.A. Lee (117)
- A Shot in the Dark by Dana Austin Marsh (Kirk and Spock participate in a test to measure the effects of the deprivation of one bondmate from the other.) (118)
- To the Waters and the Wild by Patricia Roe (A story focusing on Kirk's restlessness between missions and need to return to his roots. Spock journeys with him and, following an ancient Terran ritual, decides to court his love.) (119)
- Party Time by Danielle Stewart (As Kirk exits an establishment for male-male coupling, he meets his “dream man”.) (138)
- Walk With Me by Dana Austin March (145)
- Shakedown by T'Other (After Spockʼs rebirth, Kirk is finally able to put aside his fears and face the love heʼs held for years.) (146)
interior art from issue #15, Fiona Graves -- "Fiona Graves has three pictures, two Kirks and one Spock in an art portfolio and two of these three pictures are gorgeous. The third one is good. 84 A is a wonderful Kirk, probably ST:TMP era, and his face is enclosed in a circle. This is pen and ink, and Kirk's face is marvelous, very realistic. Kirk is looking to the left and has a thoughtful/serious expression on his face. The face is about 6 inches long." 
interior art from issue #15, Fiona Graves -- From one fan: "Grave's Spock on 84B eclipses the Kirks on A and C. Since I'm a Kirk/Shatner addict, you know the Spock has to be magnificent. It's one of those pictures that has just stopped me and made me stare. The two Kirks are good, but don't have the impact the Spocks made on me." . Another fan wrote: "Spock on 84 B is fantastic. This is a big head, about 8 inches long, and the detail is astonishing in this work which may be a pen and ink or may be a charcoal. Spock needs a shave, and you can see the individual hairs in the stubble. He has a serious look. This picture is a definite must for all Spock fans. This Spock is a picture I immediately remembered when I opened the zine up." 
interior art from issue #15, Fiona Graves -- From a fan: "Kirk on 84 C is good, but not the knockouts the other two are. This is Kirk in a uniform I'm not quite familiar with, and the picture goes to about mid chest. This is another pen and ink or charcoal with lots of detail. And it looks like Kirk, but it just doesn't grab me the way the other two pictures did. 
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15
See reactions and reviews for Twice I Have Lived Forever.
See reactions and reviews for To the Waters and the Wild.
See reactions and reviews for Shakedown.
See reactions and reviews for The Kiss.
See reactions and reviews for Making Peace With the Enemy Within.
See reactions and reviews for Party Time.
See reactions and reviews for By the Book.
See reactions and reviews for Green Darkness.
The stories in this issue cover a wide range of themes - Classic Series K/S ("Grand Canyon Sweet"), stories set at the end of the five year mission ("Decisions", "Endings", and "Certainties of Being"), to ST-TMP (Thoiian Legancy) to AU (the mythic "In The Dark" and the gothic romance of "Shadows"), to an exploration of out-there sexuality ("Crossing the Line"). And "Kiss My Vulcan..." is the first story I've ever seen based on a T-Shirt! (If you were at Shore Leave 1994, you may have seen said shirt - the wording is on page 76.) A nice variety - Enjoy!
- Grand Canyon Sweet by Michele Arvizu (Kirk isnʼt sure if the first step taken between him and Spock shouldnʼt be the last.) (1)
- In the Dark by J S Cavalcante (an AU) (Cupid & Psyche Retold/ Kirk is left as sacrifice to “gods” but is taken by Spock as a companion.) (7)
- Time, poem by Dana Austin Marsh (29)
- Iowa Dreams, poem by Natasha Solten (29)
- Decisions part of a trilogy of stories by Rosemarie Heaton (30)
- Endings part of a trilogy of stories by Rosemarie Heaton (46)
- Glad, poem by Past (56)
- Interdict part of a trilogy of stories by Rosemarie Heaton (57)
- Changes, poem by Khylara (69)
- I'm not afraid of being alone; Twilight, poem by Patt (70)
- Love, poem by Khylara (70)
- Kiss My Vulcan... by Mildred Manhill (Spock is unwilling to tell Kirk that he is entering pon farr, despite McCoyʼs threat to do so if he doesnʼt.) (71)
- Walking, poem by Patt (79)
- Final Oasis, poem by Natasha Solten (81)
- Valediction, poem by Lee Owers Sansome (82)
- Time of Joy, poem by Dana Austin Marsh (82)
- Crossing the Line by Kathy Stanis (Kirk as a crossdresser.) (83)
- Tilting at Windmills by Pandora (While hiding away in the Observation Room, Chapel sees first hand Kirk and Spockʼs sexual relationship.) (also in Kismet) (91)
- Shadows by Alice Hooker (A Gothic romance, A/U: Lord Spock is immediately taken with the young human slave who prevents him from committing suicide.) (96)
- To War among the Stars, poem by Judi (won a 1995 STIFfie Award) (an epic AU poem) (132)
- Tholian Legacy by Patricia Roe (ST:TMP) (Long suppressed events surrounding his time in Tholian space rise to the surface when Kirk must once again don a spacesuit and go after Spock who has left the ship to meld with VʼGer.) (143)
- "Certainties of Being" by M.E Carter (won a 1995 STIFfie Award) (Spock ponders leaving the Enterprise to be part of a Medusan team when Kirk discovers that they have been bonded and reacts badly to the idea.) (143)
- The Glass has Shattered, poem by Robin Hood (150)
- Summer Storm, poem by Robin Hood (150)
- Kiss of Winter, poem by Robin Hood (151)
- The Boy, poem by Patt (151)
- You Touch Me, poem by Dana Austin Marsh (152)
- Motive, poem by Lee Owers Sansome (152)
- Invasion, poem by M.E. Carter (194)
inside page from issue #16, Kathy Stanis, from Crossing the Line
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16
See reactions and reviews for Decisions.
See reactions and reviews for Shadows.
See reactions and reviews for Tholian Legacy.
See reactions and reviews for Tilting at Windmills.
See reactions and reviews for Grand Canyon Sweet.
See reactions and reviews for Certainties of Being.
See reactionsand reviews for Crossing the Line.
See reactions and reviews for In the Dark.
See reactions and reviews for Kiss My Vulcan....
[frontispiece by Deeb]: When I receive a zine, I always look at the table of contents first to see what kind of a treat I'm going to get This time I didn't get the chance, my eyes were immediately drawn to that color drawing. Them seem so together. An act of beauty. 
[art by Deeb on page 80]: I just flipped over this unusual drawing of Kirk and Spock in what I presume to be the throes of pon farr. Black background, white flame, figures that are almost silhouettes but not quite. Spock's head is thrust back, pelvis thrust forward against Kirk. Kirk's hands firmly gripping Spock's ass. The figures seen to leap off the page, and in fact, do escape the borders of the picture. Wonderful dynamics, contrast. Exquisite! This piece is facing a marvelous poem by Natasha Solten that perfectly captures Spock's feelings at this most vulnerable time. I don't know if the picture was intended to illustrate the poem or vice versa, or if the editor paired them, but they fit together perfectly, each enhancing my pleasure in the other. 
[frontispiece art by Deeb]: I like the colors in this Pre-Reform K/S illo. The background is the same green tinge as Spock's skin. This is the first time I have ever seen Spock with a different skin tone that contrasts with Kirk's. Very nice sheen on the emerald around Spock's neck. My housemate thought that this Spock looked like his image of Qyuannechota, A Native American female a/u Spock from Leslie Fish's gen Trek novel, THE WEIGHT. Now, I don't think this Spock looks feminine, but he does look sensual and very mysterious.
- Grand Canyon Sweet / Michele Arvizu, Sweet little interlude for the couple on vacation
- In the Dark / J.S. Cavalcante, Strange AU tale with James as Greek (?) villager, captured by the god Spock, working in various Vulcan characters we know and the Greek gods.
- Decisions / Endings / Interdict - trilogy of stories by Rosemarie Heaton, Nice relationship misunderstanding/resolution trilogy, with show episodes running along in the background.
- "Decisions," First-time for K & S, while Spock comes down with anemia, and McCoy has objections to the relationship. Kirk has trouble restraining himself, to the point of endangering Spock, and Kirk fears having to choose between a sexual liaison with Spock and McCoy's friendship.
- "Endings," Kirk and Spock find their relationship deteriorating over misunderstandings after Kirk's attraction to Rayna. McCoy is now in role of matchmaker, trying to get the pair back together and coaching Spock on handling his emotions.
- "Interdict," On a mission to explore potential agricultural colonization of a supposedly uninhabited planet that had been previously interdicted by Vulcan, Spock is captured and abused by telepathic beings. The telepathic attack results in Spock's rape of Kirk.
- Kiss My Vulcan... / Mildred Manhill, Spock flees in a shuttle rather than take appropriate steps to survive pon farr; leaving the message: "Hate space. Neck-pinched McCoy. Stole shuttlecraft. Kiss my Vulcan butt!" Kirk pursues.
- Crossing the Line / Kathy Stanis, Kirk in drag.
- Tilting at Windmills / Pandora, Christine is confronted by Kirk & Spock's relationship. Disturbing portrayal of Chapel as frigid, controlling, uncomfortable with sex.
- Shadows / Alice Hooker, Another slave-Kirk and Lord-Spock story. Couldn't get through this one.
- Tholian Legacy / Patricia Roe, After V'Ger, Kirk refuses to head home. McCoy is getting nervous. Interesting premise here - Kirk is having traumatic syndrome and recall of lost memories from the Tholian episode after suiting up to rescue Spock from V'Ger.
- Certainties of Being / M.E Carter, Another first-time, nicely done. A spontaneous bond formed between Kirk and Spock in "Amok Time," but Kirk doesn't know it, and Spock can't tell him for fear of his anger. When he does, it's a year later and Kirk, confused about what he wants, really is angry. McCoy thinks it's a fine match and tries to help get them together, as does a Medusan Spock is working with experimentally. The accident that causes Kirk's amnesia also destroys his bond to Spock; his subsequent marriage to Miramanee convinces Spock that he is not wanted. Meanwhile, Kirk desperately misses effects of the bond he didn't know he had. And Spock tries to test his own response with a male prostitute. 
T'hy'la 17 was published in July 1996 and contains 178 pages. The front cover is by Shelley Butler.
The zine as a whole won a 1996 STIFfie Award, as did the front cover and two stories.
- "First Course" (by Michele Arvizu) (Kirk tries to tempt Spock into staying in the room with him when he accompanies his lover to a conference where Spock is to give a speech. Pre-Star Trek II.) (1)
- Journey's End by Jenna Sinclair (by Jenna Sinclair) Illustrated by Shelley Butler (The crew think Kirk and Spock have parted when, as the mission ends, they seem to be avoiding each other. Prequel: Manna Sequel: One Night. A story in the author's "Sharing the Sunlight" series, is set at the end of the five year mission.) (7)
- "Reminiscence" (by ME Carter) (A/R: After his wifeʼs death, Admiral Kirk takes an extended visit to Spockʼs home on Hreldor.) (winner of a STIFfie Award) (25)
- Spindrift (by Judi) (A/U: Kirk is rescued from his disabled ship by the Enterprise captained by Spock who stills desires him. Prequel: Chiaroscuro in "T'hy'la" #7.) (48)
- No Brighter Moment (by Killashandra) Illustrated by Killashandra (Kirk is brainwashed to try and destroy the Enterprise, while McCoy attempts to stop the epidemic raging on board the ship.) (winner of a STIFfie Award) (116)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17
See reactions and reviews for No Brighter Moment.
See reactions and reviews for First Course.
See reactions and reviews for Spindrift.
See reactions and reviews for Reminiscence.
See reactions and reviews for Journey's End.
[art: by Shelley Butler -- "Uhura Watches"] Tucked in between two stories, this Shelley Butler between pages 6 and 7 is a horizontal threesome of Spock, Kirk and McCoy on the bridge. (Part of Uhura is in the background.) Kirk is on his command chair and almost completely drawn head to boots. His attention is riveted on Spock as is McCoy's. Both men look as ifthey are expecting some information from Spock. Spock is shown in profile and appears to be deep in thought as if mulling over what he is going to say. This is an excellent drawing of the three men.
[cover art]: I can only guess at how long such a picture took Shelley to draw, it seems to me that the detail in it must have taken ages. Here she perfectly captures the feel of the bridge, with the captain leaning over the railing to gaze at his first officer seated at the science station. We see Spock's face in perfect profile, the sheen of his hair, the way it's cut so perfectly in the back... Kirk is facing us with his hands folded, looking very open to Spock, obviously looking him full in the face. But I get the idea his eyes aren't exactly focused on his first officer's eyes, his vision is more an all-encompassing one. He is oh-so-seriously considering whatever it is that Spock has told him, but he's also taking in more.... This picture makes me feel very much at home, as if this were a true vision of the way things are, down to the three other figures in the background tending their duties as good Starfleet officers should, letting their captain and his Vulcan commune. I also like very much the perspective of the picture, sort of looking out from the science station. One expects the POV of the viewscreen for this sort of picture, but Shelley decided not to take the easy, typical way out and gave us something unique instead. 
[cover art]: My eyes widen with appreciation, my jaw drops in wonder. How does this artist do this? Photo Realism is one of the hardest forms of artwork to achieve and this woman achieves in spades. Look at the details, pick out the strands of Spock's hair, note the texture of both men's tunics; that's velour, not cotton, not satin. Shelley's gift for rendering an object as we see it is remarkable. This is a thoughtful captain in one of my favorite poses...leaning over the railing by the Science Station quietly listening to a report from Spock. Look at Kirk's face; eyes and attitude all 100% concentrated on the Vulcan. And Spock's pose itself returning that concentration and the riveted eyes. Even now just remembering this drawing I can hear Spock's voice in my head gently imparting some fascinating bit of information to his captain. This is much more than just a drawing (as if any of Shelley's work could be labeled 'just a drawing'), it tells a story, it makes us wonder and think...and that is the function of an illustration.
[cover art]: I am in awe of Shelley Butler's art! She is not only prolific, she handles her subjects with such infinite delicacy and grace. I own one of her originals and I study it with my nose almost touching the paper, trying to see how she achieved the wonderful gradations of light and shade, texture and depth. The only answer, of course, is that Shelley is a talented and accomplished artist and we are indeed fortunate to have her.
I want to add my words of praise for Shelley's wonderful cover art to everyone else's and congratulate her on winning the gold Philon award.
She captured the fleeting moment of an electric gaze between K & S supremely well, from the contemplative, almost quizzical look on Kirk's face to the angles of their bodies, leaning in toward one another.
One thing I might have suggested to Shelley if I'd seen an early sketch of this illo, would have been to tone down the background a bit, especially in the area between the two figures. In movies, this is called, "soft focus." As it is now, the crew member sitting between the figures and all the lights and configurations of the control panels fight for our attention. It becomes harder to concentrate on the faces of the guys, who should be our main focal point.
For an example of what I'm driving at, check Shelley's interior illo opposite page 10 in the same zine. The setting is similar, but the area between the figures is left largely open.To get a better idea of what I am trying to convey, try placing a piece of translucent tissue paper in the area between K & S on the cover illo. This should cause the background to recede somewhat and the faces to pop into focus, drawing our full attention to the intimate connection between the friends, making this illo even more compelling than it already is. This is a very minor quibble and I've hesitated to even mention it. Shelley's talent is without dispute, and I don't want to seem to be second-guessing her. This is something I would have said about any illo with similar components. I hope these remarks are seen as more helpful than critical, as I intended them to be. 
Welcome to T’HY’LA # 18. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry included.
Shortly before I went to press, I learned the sad news that Chris Soto passed away In late spring, 1997. Chris' talents graced fandom for many years, and she shared those talents in so many different ways: art, writing, music videos. She was a truly lovely person, and she will be very much missed. This issue's covers are among her last works. T’HY’LA # 19 is being published simultaneously with this issue. I am now seeking submissions for #20 and future Issues. Next deadline: December 31, 1997.About the stories: "The Rematch" and "Strong Together' are both set during the series. Turning Point", which was first published on the Internet, is set at the end of the five-year mission. "Homeless Hearts" is post-STV. “Distrust” is an AU which is nevertheless close to aired Trek, and draws on many of the series’ episodes. “Beside the Wells”, an AU, was first published on the Internet.
- Turning Point (by Killashandra) (At the end of the 5 year mission, Kirk takes Spock to New Orleans after hearing that he has lost the Enterprise. Sequel: Full Circle.) (1)
- “The Rematch” (by Karin Porter) (Kirk and Spock become reacquainted and build on the brief encounter they experienced preceeding Kirkʼs taking command of the Enterprise. (Prequel: “A Brief Encounter”, perhaps the one in issue #11 by Amanda Warrington.) (47)
- You Have Become (by Khylara) (63)
- Distrust (by Rosemarie Heaton) (Lt Kirk meets and falls in love with Spock but leaves in anger when, back from a mission, he learns how Spock has been supporting himself.) (64)
- Spock Remembers (by Khylara) (106)
- Beside the Wells (by Susan Legge) (A/U: A Vulcan takes the human Jim Kirk as slave, but never owns him.) (107)
- Homeless Hearts (by Michele Arvizu) (After a monthʼs absence, Kirk returns to Spock who he had left for a woman.) (112)
- Strong Together (by Susan Legge) (Kirkʼs solution to making money while he and Spock are in New York of the 1930ʼs eventually brings about an understanding for both men.) (125)
- Crucible and Fusion by Anna S. Greener (148)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18
See reactions and reviews for Turning Point.
See reactions and reviews for Strong Together.
See reactions and reviews for Beside the Wells.
See reactions and reviews for Homeless Hearts.
See reactions and reviews for The Rematch.
See reactions and reviews for Distrust.
T'hy'la 19 was published in 1997 and contains 108 pages. The cover and frontispiece portfolio are by Shelley Butler.
- All This Sweet Work by T'heoni, p. 2-14 (Spock resists taking his captain in the fires of pon farr though Kirk is more than willing.)
- Imaging Flames by Sue Denim (Kirkʼs mind is pulled to Spock on Vulcan when he uses the firepot in Spockʼs cabin to reach for him.) sequel to Within the Circle of Flames in T'hy'la #6), p. 17-58
- Playing Chess and Deja Vue by Susan Legge, p. 78
- In the Gold of the Morning by Patricia Roe, p. 82-108 (A/U: Kirk and Spock meet on Earth as teenagers before either enter the Academy.)
- Never and Always Lovers by Carolyn Spencer, p. 1
- "Untitled" and "Tableau" by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 15
- "A place for everything" by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 16
- "A part of me" and "By my side" by Heidi M., p. 59
- "Standing Watch" by T'Other, p. 60-62
- "Understanding" by Khylara, p. 62
- "The final night" by Taliesine, p. 63-74
- Sonnet by T'heoni, p. 74
- "Leaving song" by J S Cavalcante, p. 75
- "Star chantey" by J S Cavalcante, p. 76
- "Ancient word" by J S Cavalcante, p. 77
- "Promises to keep" (filksong) by Jenna Sinclair, p. 79-80
- "I'm alive" by Jenna Sinclair, p. 80-81
portrait of Kirk in frontispiece portfolio, Shelley Butler
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19
[See reactions and reviews for All This Sweet Work.
[See reactions and reviews for Playing Chess.
[See reactions and reviews for Imaging Flames.
[See reactions and reviews for In the Gold of the Morning.
[See reactions and reviews for Never and Always Lovers.
[See reactions and reviews for Standing Watch.
[See reactions and reviews for Tableau.
[front cover art]: This is another in what is fast becoming a Shelley Butler signature piece-a scene of Kirk and Spock on the bridge-and I think it is perhaps her best work of this type so far It simply blew me away. It is difficult to describe what I find so appealing. Perhaps it is because the artist caught them being so essentially themselves. Two Starfleet officers at work, doing what they do best. Yet there is a rapport between them, an ease in each other's company that is evident in Spock's relaxed posture, (shoulders slightly hunched forward, hands resting on a compuslate, body leaning against the science console). Kirk appears to be seated in Spock's chair, listening as always to his science officer impart some piece of data, yet at the same time he is looking up at Spock's face through those amazing lashes of his, watching Spock's face with total absorption. They are physically apart and yet psychically in complete synch with each other. Every line of their bodies shouts it. The electricity, the unity between them is so obvious. They might as well be naked and whispering love words to each other, and yet this is far more erotic!
Technically the drawing seems perfect to me. Several artists have told me how difficult Kirk's face is to get right, and even the best of our artists sometimes miss completely. But not here. This is Kirk. This is Spock. I can almost feel the texture of Spock's uniform shirt, the sinews and veins on those elegant hands, the shine on Kirk's hair, each strand of Spock's as it catches the light. Ummm. I also like the way the edges of the drawing fade away into individual strokes, directing attention back where it belongs onto the two central figures.Definitely a picture to treasure, and I do. Thank you, Shelley. Long may you draw! 
[front cover art]: This Is the third bridge scene that I recall Shelley doing within the past year or so, and it's hard for me to know which I like the best. The cover of T'hy'la 17 was rightly called one of the sexiest K/S pictures ever done, and the interior art from that zine, Uhura Watches, will forever be remembered because of the secret message on the bridge plate, "Kirk loves Spock." But this picture on the cover of T'hy'la 19 — well, my breath catches every time I look at it
It's so frustrating reviewing art when I know so little about it. But I love this picture because it seems so real. I almost believe I am a part of the scene, an ensign working a little further down the curve of the bridge, watching my two commanding officers confer. Perhaps this is because of the way Shelley has drawn their bodies. Spock is leaning back against the science console, a tricorder or com-pad braced against his stomach, looking down at some information under discussion. Kirk is seated in Spock's chair, leaning back in it and turned toward his first officer, all his attention (as always) focused on Spock. I love the expression on his face; this is serious business! This is excellent composition; no stiff, unbelieveable bodies here, but the everyday intensity that must be a regular part of life on the Enterprise's bridge.If I have a complaint it's the excessive definition of both their hands with veins and, I guess, musculature. Unfortunately that's a big part of the perception of the picture, since Spock's hands are smack dab in the middle of the piece. 
T'hy'la 20 was published in September 1998 and contains 220 pages. The cover is by Shelley Butler. It contains no interior art.
Welcome to T'HY'LA # 20. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry included In this issue. About the stories: "Full Circle" Is Killashandra's sequel to her "Turning Point", and just as gorgeous as the original. "Full Circle", "I Call You Captain* and several poems explore the consequences of Gol and V'ger. The other stories are all set during the series. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; What happens when just about everyone wants to give Kirk and Spock a surprise party, and all the plans conflict? The haunting "Dark Star" Is based on "The Enterprise Incident". "Small Packages" is just about the funniest story I've ever read. "What He'd Do For Love" is a fantasy about the fates and free will. "The Wedding Gift", "The Life That Lies Before" (pre-serles) and "The Edge" (a powerful story which explores some of the darker consequences of Vulcan biology and human pride) showcase Jungle Kitty's wide-ranging talents.
- Full Circle / Killashandra (Sequel to "Turning Point," T'hy'La #18) ("Kirk turned on him, eyes blazing. 'What the devil did you think you were doing out there, anyway?' He began to pace again, agitated. 'Did you think you could prove something? Or were you trying to get yourself killed?' 'Both,' the Vulcan confessed, quietly. -- Spock has left Starfeelt, left Kirk, for Gol. And Admiral Kirk, Chief of Starfleet Operations, is slowly falling apart. When the V'Ger crisis brings them back together, they must find some way to go on...") (winner of a 1998 Philon Award) (1)
- The Life That Lies Before by Jungle Kitty (Kirk thinks back after the death of his brother to when, as a cadet, he was raped.) (77)
- The Wedding Gift by Jungle Kitty, (Kirkʼs conversation with a fellow passenger while on his way back to the Enterprise gives him the incentive to confess his feelings to Spock.) (83)
- The Edge by Jungle Kitty (Kirk and Spock have a sexual test of wills that leaves both bloodied but answers questions of their place together.) (88)
- Kisses by L.A. Lee (97)
- Small Packages by T. Jonesy ("Kirk picks out the perfect gift for Spock. What McCoy chooses is another matter indeed. And when the Doctor slyly substitutes one gift for another, farce reigns.") (winner of a 1998 Philcon Award) (98)
- I Call You Captain by Rosemarie Heaton (Spock pushes both Kirk and McCoy away as the 5-year mission ends.) (136)
- What He'd Do For Love by Dana Austin Marsh (143)
- Gentle Sleeper and A New and Precious Secret (147)
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell by Chris Jones ("The efforts of virtually everyone on board the Enterprise to give Kirk and Spock an unforgettable party send everyone on board on a wild and merry chase throughout the quadrant.") (winner of a 1998 Philon Award) (147)
- Green Leaves of Never and The Blooming by Robin Hood (192)
- They Say that Sometimes Dreams Come True by L.A. Lee (193)
- Dark Star by Greywolf the Wanderer (After Kirk steals the cloaking devise, Spock is kept aboard the Romulan ship and forced into pon farr." And, "The Romulan Commander is well aware of the reason the Enterprise has penetrated Romulan space to steal the cloaking device. But she has motives of her own... and what she plans for Spock will forever alter his life...") (191)
- Not Like This by Greywolf the Wanderer (220)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20
See reactions and reviews for Full Circle.
See reactions and reviews for Dark Star.
See reactions and reviews for The Life That Lies Before.
See reactions and reviews for The Wedding Gift.
See reactions and reviews for The Edge.
See reactions and reviews for Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
See reactions and reviews for I Call You Captain.
See reactions and reviews for Small Packages.
See reactions and reviews for What He'd Do For Love.
[cover art]: I know I have had to have reviewed this before, but, heck, this picture is good enough to be done twice. The cover to T'HY'LA 20 is the famous pencil Spock in jacket (leather or denim, I forget which) that Shelley Butler did in 1995. I love the slightly enigmatic expression he has on his face and, also, the small touches she added such as the IDIC pendant he is wearing and the fact is hair is slightly windblown. It's a perfect a/u long haired contemporary Spock just waiting to be paired with one of her Kirks-- maybe the one of Kirk in his leather jacket. I normally don't notice Spock pictures but this ones demands being noticed. 
- from The LOC Connection #47
- from The LOC Connection #52
- from The Legacy of K/S in Zines: 1991-1995: Publisher by Publisher
- from Come Together #3
- "As far as I am concerned, I favor the 'Feyrer Double Ridge' theory."
- from Come Together #3
- Shore Leave con report Come Together #8
- from Come Together #7
- from Come Together #7
- from The K/S Press #58
- from The K/S Press #58
- from Come Together #19
- from The K/S Press #4
- from Come Together #21
- from Come Together #29
- from Halliday's Zinedex
- from Come Together #32
- from The K/S Press #58
- from The K/S Press #1
- from The K/S Press #2
- from The K/S Press #13
- from The K/S Press #14
- I doubt it, as he is “a long-haired warrior Spock.”
- from The K/S Press #14
- from The K/S Press #64
- from The K/S Press #12
- from The K/S Press #12
- from a fan in The K/S Press #29
- from The K/S Press #60